8th Grade Newsletters 9/30/2016

30 09 2016

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8A

September 30, 2016

Science: (Mrs. Gorham) – Next week we will be focusing on the phases of matter and their changing states. The students will be having a quiz on the Periodic Table mid week. Element Flip Book Projects will be due on Wednesday.

Social Studies: (Mr. Nelson) – This week in social studies, we began looking into the upcoming presidential election, and began election vocabulary and discussion. We also started chapter 11 section 3 “Muslim Ways of Life”. Next week, we will continue to learn more about the candidates and the issues that will be hot topics in the upcoming debates. There will likely be a quiz by the end of the week on section 3.

Math: (Miss Mantia) – Students will learn the last unit of Chapter 1 which is functions.  Chapter 1 includes variables, exponents, order of operations, equations, inequalities, expressions, translations, and corresponding word problems.  There will be a Chapter 1 test on Thursday.  Extra help is after school on Wednesday.  All students will receive a study guide including practice problems to help prepare for the test.

ELA: (Mrs. Kotarakos)- This week in literature we finished our short story unit, so next week will begin our suspense unit.  On Wednesday, students will have a vocabulary quiz.  In addition, in grammar we will continue our “Nouns” unit with special attention given to concrete, abstract, collective, compound, and possessive forms.  Finally, all students should be reading their book report book.

Italian: (Mrs. Pescatore) – Students will learn how to use the possessive adjectives on page 101. In order to use the possessive correctly, we will be reviewing the definite articles in Italian and the agreement of adjectives in gender and number with the nouns that they modify. When ready students will have a quiz on the adjectives expressing possession.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) – Next week, students will review how to conjugate both regular and irregular -ar, -er, and -ir verbs in Spanish. They will also review their subject pronouns and how to tell time in Spanish. Students were given a sheet with all 41 verbs learned in 7th grade on 9/30, and will be quizzed on only the meanings of these verbs on Friday, 10/7.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will translate and answer questions from 7th grade topics. Once they fully understand the questions and have practiced answering, there will be a one-on-one oral interview based on these questions.

Spanish: (Señora Barkley) – Students will continue their review of AR, ER, IR and irregular verbs with a quiz planned for the end of the week.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) –  Students will be presenting their Health President projects to the class. The project involve identifying three health issues and potential ways to improve the nation’s health impacted by these three issues.

 

8B

September 30, 2016

Science: (Mr. Marino) – Students are learning how to read and use the periodic table of elements. We are familiarizing with the timeline of the atomic model and understanding how an atom works and what it looks like.

ELA: (Mrs. Bergeron) –  We have started our suspense unit! Students have new vocabulary words they should be studying.  We have also begun looking at sentence structure.  Students were given the Banned Books Independent Reading Project assignment sheet this week.  They have until October 12th to complete their projects.  For assignment details and instructions, please see the team homework blog: 8bhomeworkassignments.blogspot.com

Social Studies: (Mrs. DiSipio) –  Next week, we will continue our study of Islamic Culture.  Students will learn about the cultural and scientific achievements of the Muslim civilization.  We will also continue our research on the upcoming election.  Students have begun researching the major issues facing the candidates.  

Math: (Mr. Peterson)  –  This week, students finished chapter 1, and they took the chapter 1 test on Friday.  Next week, we will begin chapter 2 (positive and negative numbers).

Italian: (Mrs. Pescatore) –  Students will learn how to use the possessive adjectives on page 101. In order to use the possessive correctly, we will be reviewing the definite articles in Italian and the agreement of adjectives in gender and number with the nouns that they modify. When ready students will have a quiz on the adjectives expressing possession.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Next week, students will review how to conjugate both regular and irregular -ar, -er, and -ir verbs in Spanish. They will also review their subject pronouns and how to tell time in Spanish. Students were given a sheet with all 41 verbs learned in 7th grade on 9/29, and will be quizzed on only the meanings of these verbs on Thursday, 10/6.

Spanish: (Señora Barkley) – Students will continue their review of AR, ER, IR and irregular verbs with a quiz planned for the end of the week.

French: (Mme Abrams)- French students will be completing Lesson 15 with a lesson quiz towards the end of the week.

Latin: (Mr. Walsh) – Students have recently finished a quiz on adjectives. Students will have the opportunity to make quiz corrections if they are unhappy with their grades. We will review vocabulary for a few days before beginning to work on Unit 2 of the Cambridge Latin Course.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be presenting their Health President projects to the class. The project involve identifying three health issues and potential ways to improve the nation’s health impacted by these three issues. 

 

8C

September 30, 2016

Science: (Ms. Byrne) – This week we reviewed the atomic model, introduced the periodic table of elements and will take a quiz on the three states of matter as well as the atomic model on Friday 9/30/16.  Our second long-term project, the Element Project, will be discussed and given out on Friday 9/30/16.  The Element Project will be due on 10/7/16.  Next week, we will continue with the periodic table of elements and start on changing states of matter.

ELA: (Mrs. Nelson-Boyd) – Next week we will begin the literature unit on Hair Raising Tales.  On Wednesday and Thursday students will be drafting their first book analysis.  The novel has to be completed by Wednesday and brought to class.  

We will also start a new grammar unit on nouns next week.

Social Studies: (Mrs. Volpe) – Next Thursday we will be having a test on chapter 11, and we will  begin our lessons on China.  We will be learning how Chinese rulers brought peace, order, and growth to China.  Students will compare and contrast the major ideas within the religions of Buddhism and Confucianism. Students should also be working on their Election Foldables.

Math: (Mrs. Wilkes) –  Next week students will begin a new unit on integers.  This material covers many facets including the real number line.  Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of integers will all be reviewed.  These must all be second nature to the students in order to be able to do the algebra this year.

French: (Mme Pescatore) – French students will be completing Lesson 15 with a lesson quiz at the end of the week.

Spanish: (Sra. Abrams) – Spanish students will translate and answer questions from 7th grade topics. Once they fully understand the questions and have practiced answering, there will be a one-on-one oral interview based on these questions.

Spanish: (Ms. Mirabella) –  Next week, students will review how to conjugate both regular and irregular -ar, -er, and -ir verbs in Spanish. They will also review their subject pronouns and how to tell time in Spanish. Students were given a sheet with all 41 verbs learned in 7th grade on 9/30, and will be quizzed on only the meanings of these verbs on Friday, 10/7.

Latin: (Mr. Walsh ) – Students have recently finished a quiz on adjectives. Students will have the opportunity to make quiz corrections if they are unhappy with their grades. We will review vocabulary for a few days before beginning to work on Unit 2 of the Cambridge Latin Course.

Health: (Mrs. Fay) – Students will be presenting their Health President projects to the class. The project involve identifying three health issues and potential ways to improve the nation’s health impacted by these three issues.

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